Let’s Shake the Gratitude Tree and See What Falls Out

Not having the best day mentally/emotionally. I woke up with my depression flaring up, and I have no idea why. Well, I keep hearing how therapeutic a gratitude journal is, and while I’ve never done well with consistently keeping a journal, I thought I would at least make a gratitude post. Maybe listing things I’m grateful for will help me out of this funk.

I’m thankful for:

my husband, Dan – he is the love of my life, my soul mate, and he is my rock. He is always here for me, takes care of me when I’m ill, and loves me for all that I am. My life would be so different if he wasn’t in it, and I’m glad I don’t have to know what it would be like. Every day I’m blown away that he chose to spend the rest of his life with me! Even though my wedding was two years ago, I still remember almost every detail. It was the best day of my life. Nothing will surpass it, not even when I have kids. Having my children will probably tie with it, but it could never surpass it. My wedding day was the day that I got to marry the most amazing man in the world, and the most perfect partner for me. I don’t tell him often enough how much I love him and how amazing he is; though even telling him every second of every day wouldn’t be quite enough. He is the single most important thing in my life, and the aspect of life that I am most thankful for.

My Wedding

my house – not only does it keep me out of the elements, but it is mine. Dan and I can do whatever we want to the interior because we own it. I’m very proud that we own our own house in our mid-twenties, and can’t wait until we’re done fixing it up.

First Anniversary and Our House

living in a first world country – having these chronic illnesses makes me even happier that I get to live in a first world country. While the medical system is extremely frustrating at times, and there are definitely areas that could be improved, I still have easy access to healthcare when I need it. If I lived in a third world country, I would definitely be bedridden. It would also be almost impossible for me to get information about what could possibly be wrong with me, so I would be terrified. Knowing what is wrong with me makes it easier to handle the symptoms, and having easy access to research and medicine keeps me from freaking out.

doctors office

Clean & sanitized doctor’s offices: a first world luxury we take for granted

my family – while I don’t always agree with them, I do love them a lot. I know they love me too. Having them a phone call away can help when I’m feeling alone. I’m also grateful that they are fairly healthy, and should be around for a long time to come.


Christine, Dad, Mom, Dan, Me, Grama, Grampa

my computer & internet – these two things are my lifeline to the world when I’m ill. I can see what is going on in the world around me without leaving the house, and I don’t have to sit through 30 minutes of depressing news to get to anything interesting/happy. The internet allows me to connect with people all around the world that have stories similar to mine, gives me a community to belong to. My computer also holds my photography and editing software. Without my computer and internet, I would feel all alone with my illnesses and struggles, and I wouldn’t have a good way to pursue many of my hobbies when I couldn’t get out of bed.


I’m having a difficult time coming up with much more right now, but five is a good number. I think I’m going to go try experimenting with painting techniques, which should help more with this wave of depression. Dan should have a short work day today, and he’s off tomorrow, so I’ll get to see him relatively soon. He should be able to put a smile on my face!

5 thoughts on “Let’s Shake the Gratitude Tree and See What Falls Out

  1. Elizabeth B- Such a beautiful post. Loved it so much am going to share this link over on MDJunction.com where am one of the group leaders of Chronic Pain SG. Really struggling right now as am allergic to Winter plus the cold air is making my costo pains flare as well as making all my health challenges that much more challenging- so am holding on tightly- yet finding good links to share for my support groups , knowing am loved by a caring hubby in Christopher, being blessed by a super caring k9 dog in Sebster, having many fabulous friends both nearby as well as all around the world, being blessed that am an optimist Sisu resillient warrior, some of my family(say some as some of my family are fabulous whilst others can only take in small doses), having a really good sense of humour, and living in a really beautiful part of the world here in a place called Devon in the UK all greatly shakes my gratitude tree! You have such a fabulously poetic way with words- adore that!! Truly hope plus cross all my fingers plus toes that much sunshine plus rainbows come to You, random acts of kindness, much healing light, hope, beauty, serendipity, as well as that your blessings will outweigh your challenges and may you rise up like a phoenix from the ashes with healing in your wings and may you find ways to soar though mighty sore- may this all be absundantly so for You! Hugs, Clara 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for the beautiful comment! I won’t lie, it made me tear up. I’ve been going through some really difficult stuff again, recently, and your kindness could not have been better timed!!!

      I’m so glad you feel that my post will benefit readers over on your support board. ❤

      I'm allergic to the world, so I totally understand the winter allergy! I have a severe dust allergy, which is made worse by the heater being on all winter (the dust seems to build up so much faster that way). I also have so many pollen allergies, so I'm allergic to all the seasons! It's nasty! I'm so sorry your allergies are causing you so many problems. Best wishes with them and the pain!

      Husbands and pet make things so much better. I have two kitties now and they're amazing on bad days (though, they can also be annoying… but everything alive has its moments hehe).

      I wish you the best of luck in your own health struggles! ❤ Much love, sunshine, and rainbows!


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